(Oh, and not use any really fancy tools either. well, other than a laser cutter...)
First up, the track.
|'Deja vue? No, I've seen it all before.'|
The base is made from 1" blue styrofoam. I made the sidings long enough to accommodate at least a 50' wagon. More if 4 wheeled wagons are used. Maybe not big enough for some, but more than enough to meet the aims of the project. The whole length is 80cm and the width 30cm.
There is space for 3 line side industries (illustrated with wooden blocks). I have added a foam board top to bring the track up to the correct level for the end plates.
Glueing the top on. plenty of mass used to keep it all flat while its drying.
And to the ends. I cut a piece of MDF of about the correct length and 20cm high. The ends were attached using no more nails and tacks. I made sure that the sides were about 1mm up from the bottom of the ends. they are desined to rest on the ends.
Now, despite having a PhD, I managed to get the ends the wrong way round in every permutation before finally having both the correct way.
|'The wrong way round'|
|'The right way round'|
|'Getting closer together'|